- Posted February 4, 2013 by
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Who taught you to love food?
Healthy Dinner Recipes
To make healthy dinner recipes, the home cook must consider some changes not only in his or her repertoire but also in the way ingredients are selected and prepared. Healthy in this sense means preserving the nutrients in the food and also transforming food into the barest essentials minus fat and fanfare.
Foremost to go is too much salt, which some health-conscious diners watch out for. Second is too much oil and fat—these rich ingredients make food delectable but they have to be limited or totally eliminated and replaced instead by better alternatives. Olive oil and canola oil comes to mind. Third, choose lean cuts of meats and remove the skin and fat from poultry. Chop the meats in more manageable pieces instead of thick meats which could easily cost you a lot of calories. Better yet, make your dinner menu center on fish and vegetables. Not only are they easily prepared, they are also more nutritious and with barely any fat, if at all.
The next trick in making healthy dinner recipes is to choose only the healthiest of cooking techniques. That means, deep-frying and preparation of rich sauces are not recommended. Instead, use the oven to broil and bake the meats and fish. Poach the fish fillet in flavorful broth. Steam the vegetables instead of smothering them in cheese sauces.
Finally, to curb sodium but still make your dishes taste good (not bland), replace almost all of the salt with fresh herbs, spices like paprika and black pepper, and low-sodium salts and seasonings. Use the juice from citrusy fruits like lemon and lime to enhance the flaovrs underneath your dish. This is also the time to acquaint yourself with the zester and grate lemons for its rind, which you can use to give your dishes a little bit more zing.